Closer Look At SC State

The other potential opponent for NDSU was a surprise to me and many others making the field of 24, South Carolina State, the Bulldogs, co-champions of the MEAC. Let’s take a closer look at this team that will host Furman on Saturday afternoon.

Tyler McDonald is South Carolina State’s all-time leader in receptions and yardage.


  • Faced two other playoff teams this season, Coastal Carolina and Bethune-Cookman, losing both games
  • Started season 0-2, losing to Coastal and Clemson, won 9 of last 10 games
  • Bulldogs defense ranks number one in the nation in total defense allowed, just 234 yards per game and rushing defense at just 80 yards per game, one of the best linebackers in FCS, Joe Thomas leads┬áthe SCSU defense, he’s a finalist for the Buch Buchanan Award.
  • Tyler McDonald makes the Bulldog offense go, the wide receiver is the school’s all-time leader in receptions and yardage.
  • This is SCSU’s 6th career FCS playoff appearance and 4th in the last six years, making it in 2008-10, they missed out the last two years. The last trip was 2010, Bulldogs lost 41-16 to Georgia Southern.
  • SCSU has some tremendous NFL heritage, led by Deacon Jones and Harry Carson, each fantastic defensive players and both Hall of Famers.

These two teams actually have some history against one another; Furman holds a 10-4 series lead in its series with South Carolina State and is 7-1 versus the Bulldogs in Greenville; however, Furman is just 3-3 against S.C. State in Orangeburg. Also the two schools announced earlier this fall the resumption of the football series between the two schools, beginning on Sept. 20, 2014, in Orangeburg. The Paladins and Bulldogs will play in Greenville in 2015.

10 thoughts on “Closer Look At SC State

  1. One thing to point out about the MEAC is that one of the other “tough” teams this year was Delaware State who went 5-2 in the conference, but then we know who they faired this year against NDSU.

  2. Orangeville and Greenburg, really? What a coincidence, they both play in cities with “colorful” names.

  3. I watched the youtube Bison/Georgia Southern highlights last night, and it’s impossible to conclude that the only way we won that game was on the scoreboard. Georgia Southern ran all over the Bison D!

    Dom & Jeff pointed out that if that game was played anywhere but the Fargodome, GS would have won.

    Point being…don’t take any of these teams lightly. Even if they don’t have the same talent level as our squad, the playoffs could be over really early if our guys don’t have their heads on straight.

    Plus we don’t have 29-tackles G.O. plugging up the middle any more.

  4. I did realize that SCSU had been in the playoffs 4 out of 6 years. That’s pretty impressive. What was their record in those games?

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